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$200 per day for turkey hunt?
« on: March 08, 2009, 10:12:08 AM »
If you were new to turkey hunting would you pay to go out on a guide hunt? If so does $200 per day seem reasonable?

I found a place yesterday and wasa thinking it migh be fun to try once.

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2009, 10:55:30 AM »
Depends. It'd have to be good private ground. My thought is that you'll hopefully get a learning experience out of it. I don't think I'd be able to pay for a turkey hunt since there's so much public land to hunt but for guys pressed with time who use it to learn a little something I think it sounds ok. Some guys are anti guide period. I actually considered it because by the time I add up my fuel costs throughout the season it far exceeds $200.00. Just personal preference I guess. I have never used a guide, and probably never would but I have kicked it around a bit.

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2009, 12:15:33 PM »
He told me he hunts all private land. $200 seems pretty pricey but then again I would assume I would not do it more than once. If I knew I could get a bird, and get the exp I guess I could justify once.

Thanks for your input

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2009, 12:17:44 PM »
what outift are you talking about?

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2009, 01:09:49 PM »
I was thinking of doing the same thing. I think it was even the same outfit, if it was the one advertised on craigslist in Klickatat. It does seem like a lot, but it might pay off considering gas and experience.  At the same time I like to learn through trial and error and pay my dues the hard way which is probably what I will end up doing.  So if you all see some knucklehead out there looking and sounding like a an idiot because he thinks he can shoot some dumb bird, it is probably me.  :P   

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #5 on: March 08, 2009, 01:58:07 PM »
did not see it oin craigslist, met the guy at a sporting goods store.

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #6 on: March 08, 2009, 03:23:53 PM »
Depending on the guide there is no real guarantee you will actually learn anything useful.  You may even be exposed to some bad habits if he doesn't know what he is doing. 

I would ask questions about his experience both as a turkey hunter and a turkey guide.  I would also want to know what type/style of hunting you will be doing and where (does he actually have permission to hunt private property?).  Have him make some calls for you so you can hear him before you pay him.  These are just a few examples of what I would want to know before hiring someone.

Whatever you decide though it is your money and if you can afford it and want to do it then don't let us talk you out of it!

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #7 on: March 08, 2009, 03:46:11 PM »
I was thinking of doing the same thing. I think it was even the same outfit, if it was the one advertised on craigslist in Klickatat. It does seem like a lot, but it might pay off considering gas and experience.  At the same time I like to learn through trial and error and pay my dues the hard way which is probably what I will end up doing.  So if you all see some knucklehead out there looking and sounding like a an idiot because he thinks he can shoot some dumb bird, it is probably me.  :P   

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #8 on: March 09, 2009, 09:08:07 AM »
Hell, I will take you out for $200 a day :chuckle:

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #9 on: March 09, 2009, 04:11:16 PM »
Who is the guy in Klickitat County.  I live here and have heard there are two of them.  Haven't heard a good word about either.  Let me know.
If you watch some of the turkey hunting outdoor programs on tv, get a call and practice
you can do it your self.  Come to my place and I will point you in the right direction as to where to hunt.  I live next to the Klickitat Wildlife Area. 16,000 acres of public land.  What ever you decide, let me know the name.  There is one guide, first name of Tom that is probably alright, but other than that, forget it.

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #10 on: March 09, 2009, 04:50:07 PM »
wow 200$ for a turkey, i'd guide a guy to a bear if he'd pay me that much $$$

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #11 on: March 09, 2009, 05:03:41 PM »
His name is Tracy, seems like a pretty nice guy.

I have never looked into turkey guides before so I wanted to ask about prices.

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #12 on: March 09, 2009, 09:47:33 PM »
I have nothing against guided hunts, some day I would love one for elk, probable will cost 5-6K. But no I would not pay 200 a day for turkeys. But I not be the one to take advise from because I see them every day.

Check, a lot of times there is a 2-3 day minimum


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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #13 on: March 10, 2009, 09:52:25 AM »
If you really want to use a guide for your first turkey hunt ask him for references for his turkey hunting not fishing. I don't no any full time guides that just do 1 day trips there is no money it it for them. Just watch out do your research. If I was you i would DIY it for the first year, see how you like it.
My thing with guides are that they are out there to get a bird for you and then send you home. Try to find someone that will teach you something, how to scout, when to scout, how to set up, where to set up, when to call, when not to call and how to call.
But it your choice, there is so much info just on this site that can help you get a bird on state land or pay a farmer 200 dollars to hunt on there property

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #14 on: March 10, 2009, 11:39:44 AM »
thats what i used to charge when i guided on successful hunts

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #15 on: March 10, 2009, 12:32:55 PM »
150 to 200 is the going price for guided turkey hunt. There are allot of so called guides out there trying to make a buck. If i where you do your home work and ask for references and talk to people that have been out with the guide.

I guided for a outfitter in the blues and worked my butt of teaching and trying to get my clients birds. The outfitter promised the world to my clients, like all our hunts are on private ground which i found out was not true. It was all about getting the clients a bird with the outfitter which is OK but he promised that all hunts would be on private ground and he over booked people. I ended up taking people out on public ground hunting and scouting i taught my clients allot about turkey hunting, calling, scouting, set ups etc. Be carefull and ask questions.

Does this guide live on the klick.river? I think i know who he is did you say his name is Tracy?
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #16 on: March 10, 2009, 12:45:33 PM »
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2009, 01:25:41 PM »
If your a first time turkey hunter I'd be more then happy to take you out a couple of times.  I have turkey hunted for the past 31 years.  It will be on public land and I will not garantee you a thing other then you will learn a bunch.  I try to take one or two new guys every year.  Of course you'll have to agree to being blindfolded on the trip into a couple of my spots,  :chuckle:  just kidding.  I don't have any problems hiring a guide for a time or two, but like everything that was said above check them references and talk with the outfitter and ask him if his guide would be willing to not only try and call a bird into range, but if he will instruct you as you go.  Good luck whatever route you take.
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2009, 01:30:05 PM »
I will throwdown on fuel and food Machias.  I have never been and would love to learn

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2009, 01:34:35 PM »
Nope no fuel or food needed...other then your own stuff.  I'd be more then happy to take you out, just send me a PM.  Only thing you can be sure of is having fun!! 
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2009, 01:43:27 PM »
Very cool. :tup:
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2009, 08:20:20 PM »
If your a first time turkey hunter I'd be more then happy to take you out a couple of times.  I have turkey hunted for the past 31 years.  It will be on public land and I will not garantee you a thing other then you will learn a bunch.  I try to take one or two new guys every year. 


 That right there is one of the most intriguing things about turkey hunting, I think  turkey hunter sare more willing than most other sportsmen at giving newbies a chance. I could be wrong but when it comes to fishing and big game hunting those the " Know" seem like they clam up but not turkey hunters and that is what the sport is all about. I've even witnessed a guy once that just moved to this State and was excited about Salmon fishing and so he went down to a sporting goods store "to remain nameless" In Fife. and tried to ask how, what, where and was bluntly told, hooks, water and that was it :bash: how rude! and especially when you're trying to sell a product and basically told a potential customer to " Pound sand" Kudos to thos Hunter and fishers that care more about the sport than the catch :twocents: Didn't mean to jack the threadwith this rant.
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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2009, 09:31:03 PM »
 I dont think that I would pay for a turkey hunt, to a guide, unless it was guaranteed success and you could take 2 birds. I would rather take something to a landowner in exchange for the priveldge to hunt on their land (some Salmon, deer, elk or moose meet, bottle of booze, or a gift card to a local business). This along with getting in touch with a local chapter of the NWTF to learn the Do's and Dont's, and maybe and invite to go along with an experienced hunter, would be a far greater experience for your time and effort.    :twocents:

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2009, 09:44:38 PM »
Brewzer well said, BUT there is no gaurantee in taking game weather you do it solo or with a guide.
I have gone solo and struck out many times, have taken guys or buddy's out and slammed it and also struck out.
Its all part of learning the Do's and Donts, and putting those into the next hunt.

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Re: $200 per day for turkey hunt?
« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2009, 09:47:48 PM »
And with turkeys what worked like a charm yesterday will be the worst move you can make tomorrow.  You just never can tell how those buggers will respond!
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